This is the lobby of Hilton London Gatwick Airport — one of the hotel properties participating in the Summer Welcome promotion. Photograph by FlyerTalk member uggboy. Click on the photograph for trip reports, reviews and more photographs posted by uggboy and other FlyerTalk members.

2,500 Hilton HHonors Points on Your Next Visit — But…

To earn your 2,500 bonus Hilton HHonors frequent guest loyalty program points, simply register for the Summer Welcome promotion prior to checking in for your hotel room and book a reservation for your next stay from now through December 31, 2014 at any resort or hotel property located in Europe, the Middle East and Africa within the Hilton Worldwide Portfolio directly through either the official Internet web site of Hilton or of the Hilton HHonors frequent guest loyalty program. This promotion is supposedly only open to…

Gregory Char — I will not reveal his FlyerTalk name for privacy reasons — accepts the 2014 GlobeRunner Award on behalf of FlyerTalk from Jonathan Spira, who is on the left in the photograph and is the editorial director of Frequent Business Traveler magazine. Photograph courtesy of Frequent Business Traveler magazine. Click on the photograph to access the official Internet web site of Frequent Business Traveler magazine — as well as for me to prove to you that I am not the one who cropped off the tops of their heads...

FlyerTalk Wins GlobeRunner Award for Best General Travel Site — Yet Again For the Third Consecutive Year

For the third consecutive year, I am proud to announce that FlyerTalk has once again been selected as the recipient of the GlobeRunner Award for Best General Travel Site based on votes by readers of Frequent Business Traveler magazine. Greater than 150,000 votes were cast by readers of Frequent Business Traveler magazine between the period of March 14, 2014 and May 31, 2014. Other winners include Hilton Hotels and Resorts — which swept the Best Hotel Chain category and won four GlobeRunner Awards for the third consecutive year; five if you count the award which the Hilton HHonors frequent guest loyalty program won — and the following list of other companies, frequent travel loyalty programs, airports and “bloggers“ which won GlobeRunner Awards in 2014…

Imagery ©2014 TerraMetrics. Map data ©2014 courtesy of Google Maps.

Breaking News: 47 Reported Dead in Airplane Crash in Taiwan During Typhoon Matmo

An ATR72 aircraft which operated as TransAsia Airways flight 222 carrying 54 passengers and four members of the flight crew from Kaohsiung International Airport to Magong Airport reportedly crashed upon approach in the Penghu Islands west of the main island of Taiwan. Strong gusting winds — supposedly from Typhoon Matmo, which was impacting Taiwan at the time of the crash — was the reported cause of the aircraft bursting into flames after contacting the ground before reaching the runway. At least 47 people are reported dead; and 11 addition people…

You could be enjoying this view over breakfast if you were staying at the Radisson Blu Bosphorus Hotel in Istanbul, which is one of the 93 hotel properties participating in this promotion. Photograph by FlyerTalk member dickerso. Click on the photograph for a trip report written by dickerso.

Stay Two Weekend Nights, Earn 20,000 Club Carlson Gold Points

Stay two weekend nights and you can earn 20,000 Club Carlson Gold Points when you arrive Thursday through Sunday and stay two or more nights between now and 15 September 2014 at any of the 93 participating Radisson Blu or Park Inn by Radisson hotel properties in 27 countries in Europe, the Middle East and Africa listed below…

A rocket reportedly landed in the courtyard of a home in Yehud on Tuesday, July 22, 2014 and caused damage while leaving two people with minor injuries. Yehud is just north of Ben Gurion International Airport, which serves the greater Tel Aviv metropolitan area. Imagery ©2014 TerraMetrics. Map data ©2014 courtesy of Google Maps.

Breaking News: Flights to Israel Suspended Due To Rocket Attack

Due to security reasons as a result of civil unrest — most notably, reports of a rocket or associated debris supposedly launched from the Gaza Strip and landed in Yehud near Ben Gurion International Airport, which serves the greater Tel Aviv metropolitan area — airlines have suspended flights to Israel until further notice. The airlines include but are not limited to the following…

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